‘The Good-Night’ was commissioned by Lakeside Arts Centre to celebrate the opening of their Lowry exhibition in November 2011. The piece was first performed by Viva Voce, the University of Nottingham's Chamber Choir, conducted by Tess Pearson.
Inspired by the knowledge that L. S. Lowry read poetry by John Donne together with his mother, I set off in search for a suitable text in which to set to music. I was immediately struck by the eleventh stanza of Donne’s Eclogue 1613, written for the marriage of the divorced Countess of Essex to Robert Carr, newly created Earl of Somerset. I became fascinated with the many ways in which to illuminate the fiery imagery depicted in the text, and set out to explore these through the music; from the ‘one lamp’ (referencing the tomb of Tullia Ciceronis, found in the fifteenth century in which a perpetual lamp was discovered supposedly still burning after more than 15 centuries) through to ‘ashes’ and my simmering interpretation of ‘joy’s bonfire’. _